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The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina's Civil War - Civil War America (Hardback)
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The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina's Civil War - Civil War America (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 30/04/2000
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In the mountains of western North Carolina, the Civil War was fought on different terms than those found throughout most of the South. Though relatively minor strategically, incursions by both Confederate and Union troops disrupted life and threatened the social stability of many communities. Even more disruptive were the internal divisions among western Carolinians themselves. Differing ideologies turned into opposing loyalties, and the resulting strife proved as traumatic as anything imposed by outside armies. As the mountains became hiding places for deserters, draft dodgers, fugitive slaves, and escaped prisoners of war, the conflict became a more localized and internalized guerrilla war, less rational and more brutal, mean-spirited, and personal--and ultimately more demoralizing and destructive. From the valleys of the French Broad and Catawba Rivers to the peaks of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, the people of western North Carolina responded to the war in dramatically different ways. Men and women, masters and slaves, planters and yeomen, soldiers and civilians, Confederates and Unionists, bushwhackers and home guardsmen, Democrats and Whigs--all their stories are told here. "This thorough and detailed study provides a comprehensive and sophisticated picture of western North Carolina society during the Civil War. In so doing, it greatly enhances our understanding of a region that lay at the heart of the Old South."--"American Historical Review" "A much anticipated study of one of the more misunderstood regions of the antebellum and Civil War South. . . . Virtually every facet of life in North Carolina's Appalachian mountains comes forth in [this] well-written and thoroughly researched book."--"Appalachian Journal" "The authors have given us the finest account of an Appalachian community at war by carefully integrating military and civilian affairs into an elegant narrative. In the process, they have challenged our thinking about Unionism in North Carolina and wartime dissent against the Confederacy."--"Georgia Historical Quarterly" In the mountains of western North Carolina, the Civil War was fought on different terms than those found throughout most of the South. Incursions by both Confederate and Union troops disrupted life and threatened the social stability of many communities, while internal divisions among western Carolinians themselves sparked clashes that proved as traumatic as anything imposed by outside armies. From the valleys of the French Broad and Catawba Rivers to the peaks of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, the people of western North Carolina responded to the war in dramatically different ways. Men and women, masters and slaves, planters and yeomen, soldiers and civilians, Confederates and Unionists, bushwhackers and home guardsmen, Democrats and Whigs--all their stories are told here.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807825440
Weight: 776 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 31 mm

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